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'Second Assault'
(Rise Above Records)


horisont second assault

Sweden has been producing some cool bands of every rock genre this past decade.On the stoner rock front Witchcraft started to make a name for themselves soon followed by Graveyard with their 'Hinsingen Blues' and now there is a new name on the horizon which translates into Horisont who are here with their Second Assault with their sophomore release.

Horisont's debut came out in 2010 and the second half was sung in their native Swedish, but this was enough to impress Rise Above head chief Lee Dorian to invite them over to England to support Pentagram. I recently caught the band live supporting Graveyard at a sold out Camden Underworld and was immediately impressed. In fact they blew the headliners away.

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With 'Second Assault' Horisont have really stamped out their identity. Taking all the elements of early seventies rock and given it a fuzzy garage hard rock stoner edge. Early Black Sabbath first springs to mind, especially with the nasal demonic vocals of Axel Soderberg while the guitars have the fuzz tone of Grand Funk Railroad and Wishbone Ash in the melodic parts. Drummer Pontus Jordan is the missing link between Bill Ward and Deep Purple's Ian Paice.

Second track 'Road To Cairo' will make you walk around the room like an Egyptian who has just had a dab of Morocco's finest.

'Crusaders Of Death' shows the depth of this band who can move from light and heavy. There's not a dud on this album which clocks in at a sensible forty minutes. Yes man we are talking the seventies here. Horisont are my favourite new band. Ghost are great, but there's something more sinister lying underneath Hoisont.

The CD is already out but save your cash for the uber cool Die Hard vinyl which is just about to come out. Limited to 300 black vinyl copies or just 100 clear vinyl. This is how music like this should be listened to, not through a poxy download or on a gadget.

Slab the heavy vinyl on the deck and turn the volume to ten. You won't want to leave the house.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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